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"Worlds Smartest Dog" Knows 1,200 Words, Understands Syntax and can Make Inferences
Chaser has been able to learn more human language than any other non-primate—and, in fact, more than almost any primate. Chaser knows upwards of 1,200 words. Not just nouns, but also verbs and modifiers like adjectives and prepositions…
Chaser has also been proven to retain the names of objects after learning them, even if she hasn’t seen them in years…
What really excites [Pilley] is the idea of teaching Chaser other elements of language: how words interact, how one word can modify another, and how words can signify more than one thing.
Chaser is the first known dog to understand the concept of categories in human speech. If you tell her to “fetch ball,” and have set aside a ball, even if she’s never seen that specific ball before she’ll understand that the word “ball,” for her, refers to something round and bouncy. And fetch it.
Branching off from that is Chaser’s ability to make inferences. Say you set out three objects for her: one is a Fuzzy, one is a Bamboozel, and one is a New Balance sneaker. Chaser knows the first two objects, knows them by name, but has never seen that sneaker before. But tell her to “fetch New Balance,” and she’ll walk over to the three objects, puzzled, and analyze them for a second. She’ll walk among them, look at them carefully, and then gently grab the sneaker and bring it back to you—because she has figured out that she has to fetch something and this weird object is the only thing that could possibly match up with that weird sound you told her to fetch.
Being a vegan bride can be a challenge, but it’s a fun and surmountable challenge, especially when searching for a cake. I’m getting wed in Kauai. Kauai is relatively vegan friendly. There are a lot of places to eat all over the island. So I was surprised to find that it was a little difficult to acquire a vegan wedding cake baker. My venue had an exclusive contract with a somewhat surly baker who tried to talk me into just eating a “normal” cake and was very annoyed at the idea of baking a vegan cake, finally she told me to try recipes and send one that works. These are two that I tried and loved!
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
Whisk milk and vinegar together and set aside.
Sift together dry ingredients. In a seperate bowl beat together milk mixture, oil, sugar, vanilla extract and vanilla bean. Mix in dry ingredients until large lumps are gone. Bake 20-25 mins or until toothpick comes out clean
Vegan gluten free lemon cake: 2.5 cups king arthur gluten free flour, 1 tsp xantham gum, 1 cup sugar, 1 tsp baking powder, zest and juice of 1 lemon, 100 ml canola oil, 170 ml almond milk
Sift together flour and baking powder. Add in sugar and zest, whisk together. Add in lemon juice, oil and milk. Mix until thoroughly combined.
Bake at 400 degrees F for 30 mins or until toothpick comes out clean
Vegan buttercream: 3 sticks earth balance vegan butter, 4.5 cups powdered sugar, 1 vanilla bean, 2 tsp vanilla extract, 3 Tbs almond milk, 1/2 tsp lemon juice, pinch of salt.
Cream together butter and sugar, add remaining ingredients and beat until light and fluffy